For several years now I have known my shooting style was developing (o pun) into something individual. Wanting to document an entire show, I learned to capture whole tables at a time by shooting diagonally across the ring. Then I'd zoom in on individual horses in that class that caught my eye. Sometimes I'd further zoom in on their faces, for a portrait. It's amazing to discover I often selected the winner many minutes before the judge did.
But back to the faces. It's the easiest thing in the world to snap the shutter on a model horse at NAN. Most of my shots are tables or parts of tables or groups of models or individual models. It's a little harder to get right up close to their faces and really focus in on who they are. Out of my nearly-fifteen-hundred shots, only about 30+ are portraits... ... about two percent.
I loved these two harness portraits because of their eyes. I don't really know who the owners are; info welcome.
I had rarely focussed on their faces before.
This costume, which almost defies belief, was made by Cary Nelson. I could do a whole post on it alone. I am pleased to report it did win Champion.